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THE WINNING OF CALES.                123.
THE WINNING OP CALES.
This is one of many exulting effusions which were called forth by the taking of Cadiz (vulgarly called Cales). The town was captured on the 21st of June, 1596, the Earl of Effingham being high-admiral of the fleet, and Essex general of the land forces. Sir W. Raleigh, Lord Thomas Howard, and other distin­guished soldiers had commands in the expedition. The praise here bestowed on Essex's humanity was richly deserved, and the booty taken by the conquer­ors is not exaggerated. The whole loss of the Span­iards, in their city and their fleet, was estimated at twenty millions of ducats.
We give this ballad from Deloney's Garland of Good Will, as reprinted by the Percy Society, vol. xxx. p. 113. The copy in the Reliques (ii. 241), which was corrected by the editor, differs but slightly from the present
Long had the proud Spaniards
Advanced to conquer us, Threatening our country
With fire and sword ; Often preparing                                                 5
Their navy most sumptuous, With all the provision
That Spain could afford.







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